There's something to be said for gear that you buy once and can then rest assured it will do the job every time. The amount of freedom reliable gear affords a photographer is priceless. It means you have one less thing to worry about, freeing up mental space to focus on the task at hand.

Photographer Matt Day knows the value of good, reliable gear, and in the video below, he takes us through some of the items that he counts on every day to get the job done and not cause any problems. These items may have a higher sticker price up front, but it's money well spent. Luckily, if you shop used, these reliable items are a little cheaper, while just as durable.

Whether it's a lighting stand, camera case, or anything in between, we've got the goods that keep photographers working on what matters most—their photos.